The Saffron Grange Seyval Blanc, from the spectacular 2018 vintage, is 100% Seyval Blanc. This wine has been made using the traditional method and has aged for 24 months on the lees. Therefore, you can expect a fun fizz, that has been made in the same was as your favourite bottle of Champagne – but is from Essex! In addition, this wine has far fewer “wine miles” than wines from Champagne.
First and foremost, you’ll notice that the nose is packed with elderflower, citrus and soft caramel. On the palate there are notes of lemon tart, a subtle minerality and a lingering, creamy finish. Undoubtedly, a fantastic wine!
The Saffron Grange Seyval Blanc is just one of the wines from the Saffron Grange vineyard. Want to see the whole Saffron Grange range? Click here.
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About the vineyard
On discovering the gentle, South-facing slopes just outside the market town of Saffron Walden, Paul Edwards, owner of Saffron Grange, worked with specialist consultants to analyse the soil.
This work revealed the land, when combined with the unique climate and topography of the region, was perfectly suited to growing grapes for truly premium quality sparkling wines.
The vineyard sits on the same chalk seam that runs all the way from Northern France’s renowned wine regions, up through Sussex and into Essex.
100 million years ago, the land was deeply submerged by tropical seawater teaming with macroscopic, calcareous algae and shellfish from which decaying fragments very slowly deposited to create a deep, porous chalk bed. In more recent times a thin overlying clay-loam soil developed on the surface which just covers the flinty, upper chalk.
This rare soil formation perfectly combines with the unique climate in this little pocket of England to create excellent conditions to grow grapes.
In wet weather it provides excellent drainage, whilst holding enough moisture during the dry season to encourage the grapes’ flavour development ahead of harvest.
Centuries ago, fields upon fields of crocuses grew across Essex and Suffolk, making Saffron Walden a global centre for Saffron production.
Today, the same unique soil that enabled the crocus to flourish here is the key to growing the highest quality grapes that make Saffron Grange’s range of premium sparkling wines.
It is Paul’s vision that Saffron Grange will help revive this valuable land for generations to come.
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